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Life as a freshman

September 15, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

Four weeks ago, I was in a state of panic. I knew that at the end of the week, I’d be moving into college. The whole concept seemed rather daunting and, don’t get me wrong, I was excited, but do you have any idea how many people kept telling me “good luck”? How much luck does a person need? Can it really be that hard?
Update: Yes. Yes, it can. And yes, you do need that extra luck.

Anyone who is extremely close with their families can probably relate to me when I say that the idea of living completely without them was terrifying. Wait, I have to do my own laundry? I’m in charge of my own schedule?

I’m guessing I’m not the only freshman who walked into Monmouth with a whole list of worries, but I really hope I’m not the only freshman that has had those worries alleviated.
Every freshman will probably agree that orientation was insane. We were all confused and lost and to top it off, we had to follow a crazy schedule. While it was beneficial in getting us active and assisting us in meeting new classmates, those first few days were exhausting.
Enter the first Tuesday of classes: We’re all tired and having mini panic attacks. Never will I underestimate the confusion that comes about when trying to navigate CSB for the first time. And which one is Wallace again? I have no doubt that you could spot the lost and aimless freshmen from a mile away.
Turns out, all that good luck that people were showering us with might actually be useful because, holy cow, these college classes are a whole new ball game in comparison to high school.

So, yes, we did have good reasons to move in with worry, but like I said before, I think Monmouth has done a bang-up job of helping us through those anxieties. As a freshman, I have never felt like less than any other student or upper classman on campus, I have experienced professors that genuinely care and want to help us succeed, and I have found that Monmouth is a place where it’s easy to be involved and thrive in the things you do choose to be involved in.
Through all the new experiences and ups and downs that the last few weeks and next few years have had and will bring, I urge my classmates to remember that you are put in every situation for a reason and that, in some way, that situation is going to help you grow. We’re all just “Becoming a Learner.” Right, guys?

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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